The candidates for ARS FENNICA 2014 have been announced. In 2014, the ARS FENNICA is being awarded for the 21st time. The candidates are:
IC-98 Patrik Söderlund & Visa Suonpää; Riitta Ikonen ; Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen ; Leena Nio ; Pauliina Turakka Purhonen
There will be a joint exhibition of works by all the candidates at Kiasma 7.2–20.4.2014, which will coincide with the publication of an e-book of their art.
The award winner will be chosen from among the candidates by Turkish curator Vasif Kortun. Kortun will make his decision after viewing the Kiasma exhibition and meeting the artists. The winner will be announced during the Kiasma exhibition.
ARS FENNICA 2013 award winner Jeppe Hein's exhibition will be shown at Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki 8.11.2013-13.1.2014.
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation was set up in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world, and to encourage artists in their creative work.
The Ars Fennica art award is made annually to one artist in recognition of distinctive artistic output of high merit. The award includes a monetary prize of 40,000 euros, a catalogue of works by the winner and an exhibition tour of three Finnish art museums. The Ars Fennica is an internationally respected award and the biggest Finnish prize for visual art.
The Ars Fennica award committee puts up a list of candidates, from among whom an international art expert chooses the winner. As well as Finns, other Nordic, Baltic and St Petersburg artists have been short-listed. The prize committee consists of Leena Niemistö, MD, Doctor of Medicine, Chair; Markus Kåhre, sculptor; Elina Merenmies, painter; and Pirkko Siitari, museum director.